Ringbrothers, the custom car builder and parts manufacturer, recently unveiled its latest creation – a resto-mod 1968 Mercury Cougar. The Cougar produces 460 horsepower from its Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 engine connected to a 10-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor.
Ringbrothers gave the Cougar a frame-off restoration that included new floor pans and transmission tunnel, new performance suspension by DSE, brakes and HRE Series C1 C103 Forged 3-Piece wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. The Ringbrothers team completed the bodywork with 3M bodywork products and BASF paint. A new bumper, grille, hardware and badging finish off the appearance. Under the hood, the builders used Motul synthetic oil and equipped the car with a custom Flowmaster exhaust.
“We put our heart into each car we build, and this Cougar is no exception,” said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. “The finished product is mild and classy, yet any enthusiast instantly knows it’s not stock. I imagine this is what Mercury designers would have come up with if they were building the Cougar today.”
“While we couldn’t bring the car to the SEMA Show, we hope it can be shown to the public soon,” continued Mike Ring, co-owner of Ringbrothers. “We had never done a Cougar before, so this was a fun build. I love working with new shapes and coming up with new ideas.”